Residents of a Harristown street fed up with drivers speeding and hoons racing in excess of 150kmhr are taking matters into their own hands.
Arabian Street resident Pat Condon said one speedster came close to crashing through his loungeroom wall where his grandson was sleeping before Christmas.
“A P-plater crashed into my two tonne, fully-loaded box trailer that was parked on the street with such force that it flipped upside down onto my wife’s car which was parked in front of it,” Mr Condon said.
“Police said that if my trailer wasn’t parked where it was there was a very good chance the car would have landed in the loungeroom where my four-year-old grandson was sleeping at the time,” he said.
Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki MP said his office had received numerous complaints from Arabian Street residents about drivers blatantly ignoring the 50kmhr speed signs and using the street as a shortcut.
“It is unacceptable that residents such as Mr Condon are using their own vehicles to create would-be safety barriers because they are fearful of dangerous drivers daily,” Mr Janetzki said.
“Neighbours tell me this has been an ongoing problem for a number of years which both police and council are aware of – action needs to be taken before someone is seriously hurt or killed,” he said.
Mr Condon now listens for speedsters approaching at night and races outside to flash them with a torch in an effort to slow them down.
“I go out with a torch and flash it on and off and when they go past I hold the torch like you would a radar gun – it’s amazing the amount of times they jam their brakes on when I do that,” Mr Condon said.
Arabian Street residents report “rat-runners” driving in excess of 80-90kmhr between the hours of 6am and 5.30pm during work and school runs while hoons drive in excess of 100-150kmhr at night time. There have also been incidents where cars race side-by-side.
Mr Janetzki said he would fight for safety measures to slow traffic and protect the community.
Residents have put forward ideas such as installing additional speed limit signs on the street and painted on the road, traffic calming measures such as slow points, and increased policing.
“It shouldn’t have to take a car crashing through someone’s wall before action is taken,” Mr Janetzki said.
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